What does your mile time say about your health


When it comes to our health, we like to use a measurable scale formulated by Greg Glassman: The Sickness – Wellness – Fitness Continuum. The way we live our lives determines where we find ourselves on the continuum. Most people tend to aspire to wellness. The medical community has told us that wellness is the absence of disease. To the average person that may sound attractive, but we’re not average! We want to move as close as possible to the fitness side because we want to thrive, not just survive.

When we go to our doctor for a check-up, they’ll tell us standard metrics like our resting heart rate, blood pressure, triglycerides, and fasting glucose. If we fall in the median range for any given metric, we’re rarely going to start a conversation. However, being an outlier on either end will likely result in a conversation. For example, if our blood pressure was 130/85, the doctor would say keep doing what you’re doing and move on to the next thing. If our blood pressure was 160/100, the doctor would likely say something about making drastic changes to our lifestyle or else sickness is inevitable. If our blood pressure was 120/80, the doctor would be curious and want to know why our blood pressure is spot on.

Fitness & Health

The same is true when it comes to our fitness. We believe that our level fitness is an incredibly accurate measure of our health. For example, according to Ben Bergeron, if somebody is unable to run a mile in under 13 minutes, there’s a problem. Perhaps not right now, but there will be a problem somewhere down the line. If somebody can run a mile in 8 minutes, nobody is really having a conversation with them; nobody is telling them that they need to work on anything, and nobody is asking them what they’re doing. If somebody can run a mile in under 6 minutes, people are wanting to have a conversation with that person, they want to know what they’re doing because they’re fit.

The same goes with burpees. If somebody is unable to do 8 burpees in a minute, there’s going to be a problem somewhere down the line. If somebody can do between 15 – 20 burpees in a minute, nobody is really wanting to know what they do. If somebody can do upwards of 25 burpees in a minute, people would be interested in what this person does because they’re fit.

This is why we’re borderline obsessive when it comes to tracking the data of our clients. Every session with our clients is not only a measure their fitness, but also their health.

Generally speaking, the major health markers track together. If somebody can run a sub 6-minute mile, deadlift double their body weight, and do 30 burpees in a minute, we can safely assume that this person does not have over 30% body fat. Because we know that, we can also safely assume that their resting heart rate isn’t above 100. Their level of fitness provides valuable insight into their overall health.

Key takeaways

Instead of nervously waiting for the annual check-up with the doctor, we can work on reducing our mile time, increasing the number of burpees we can do in a minute, and all the other various aspects fitness, knowing that as those metrics improve, so will our health.

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